It would be a record-setting night if a Michigan Lottery player wins tonight’s $361 million Powerball jackpot. The cash option for the jackpot is about $250 million.
The $361 million jackpot is the third-largest Powerball jackpot this year. In January, three tickets purchased in California, Florida, and Tennessee split a world record $1.6 billion jackpot. In May, a lottery club from New Jersey won a $429.6 million jackpot.
Powerball has been a lucrative game for Michigan Lottery players in 2016. Ten Michigan players have won the game’s $1 million prize.
The last Michigan player to win the Powerball jackpot was Julie Leach, of Three Rivers. Leach won the game’s $310.5 million jackpot on Sept. 30, 2015.
If a Michigan player win’s tonight’s $361 million jackpot, it would be the largest Powerball prize won in the state. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. Lawson’s jackpot holds the record for the largest Lottery prize ever won in Michigan.
Players still have plenty of time to purchase tickets for a chance to win the big jackpot. Players may buy Powerball tickets for tonight’s drawing at Lottery retailers throughout the state and online at MichiganLottery.com until 9:45 p.m.
Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at MichiganLottery.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to five times may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.
The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerballlive.com/powerball. Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.